Friday, June 20, 2008

Stay The Course At Rudee Loop

59% of you voted to stay the course at Rudee Loop, building a hotel there rather than an entertainment venue. Such had been called for in a 1998 consultant's report, with a land use plan churned out in 2001. Recently, a consultant (Sasaki) has envisioned a five star hotel there. However, some in the Resort Area want an entertainment venue instead.

I can't think of a much stupider use for that land that an entertainment venue. You can build an entertainment venue nearly anywhere, but a hotel has to be on the ocean to draw top dollar. While I grasp the argument for entertainment venues, a more sensible solution would be to plan them into the Strategic Growth Areas along the Norfolk Southern Right-of-Way, connecting them by light rail to the Resort Area and other localities in the region.

With the Transportation Special Session of the General Assembly to begin on Monday, I ask your preference on how to relieve congestion at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel: a bridge, an expanded bridge-tunnel, or building The Third Crossing.


Michael Ragsdale said...

Too bad Richmond can agree on one thing: "No!"
Even though Pilot boards are all saying: "Do something!" (including raise taxes Reid)

Anonymous said...

I agree with you. Building a hotel there does make a lot more sense.